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A Nano-focused X-ray shape measurement using speckle interferometry. Image credit: Takato Inoue.

X-rays have been allowing spectroscopists to “see the invisible” for the last 100 years. During the last few decades, synchrotron radiation sources have enabled great advances in a number of disciplines – but they have their limits. To study atomic processes, X-ray lasers with a large number of photons must be focused at the width of an atom. And that’s where X-ray free-electron lasers (XFELs) come in.

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  1. T Inoue et al., J Synchrotron Rad, 27, 883 (2020). DOI: 10.1107/S1600577520006980

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